Microsoft Volume Licensing guide
If you’re looking to license Microsoft products for your organization, it’s important to understand the different Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements available. Each agreement offers a unique set of benefits, and choosing the right one for your business can help you save money and maximize the value of your investment in Microsoft technology.
Here’s a quick overview of the main Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements, and the differences between each one:
Enterprise Agreement (EA)
The Enterprise Agreement is designed for large organizations that have more than 250 computers and want to standardize on Microsoft products. This agreement provides a single, comprehensive license that covers all of your organization’s desktops, laptops, servers, and devices. With the Enterprise Agreement, you’ll get access to the latest Microsoft products, including Windows 10, Office 365, and other cloud services, along with benefits such as flexible licensing options and technical support.
Enterprise Agreement Subscription (EAS)
The Enterprise Agreement Subscription is a flexible, pay-as-you-go alternative to the Enterprise Agreement. This agreement allows you to purchase Microsoft products on a subscription basis, so you can get the benefits of the Enterprise Agreement without having to make a large upfront investment. The Enterprise Agreement Subscription is ideal for organizations that want to take advantage of the latest Microsoft technology, but need more flexibility and control over their licensing costs.
Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA)
The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement is designed for organizations of any size that want to simplify their licensing and simplify their management. This agreement provides a single, comprehensive license that covers all of your organization’s desktops, laptops, servers, and devices, and allows you to purchase Microsoft products on a subscription basis. The MPSA is ideal for organizations that want to standardize on Microsoft technology, but need more flexibility and control over their licensing costs.
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Microsoft Customer Agreement (via CSP)
The Microsoft Customer Agreement is available through the Cloud Solution Provider program, and is designed for organizations that want to purchase Microsoft products and services directly from a Microsoft partner. This agreement provides the benefits of the Enterprise Agreement, but with the added convenience of working with a trusted Microsoft partner who can help you with everything from purchasing to support and training.
Microsoft Online Subscription Program (Web Direct/MOSP)
The Microsoft Online Subscription Program is designed for organizations that want to purchase Microsoft products on a subscription basis, but don’t need the comprehensive licensing options provided by the Enterprise Agreement or the Enterprise Agreement Subscription. This agreement is ideal for smaller organizations, or organizations that only need to license a few products, such as Office 365.
Choosing the right Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement can be a complex decision, but with a little research and the right guidance, you can find the agreement that best meets the needs of your organization. Whether you’re looking to standardize on Microsoft technology, simplify your licensing and management, or save money and maximize your investment in Microsoft products, there’s a Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement that’s right for you.